The owners of a paraglane on the outskirts of the city of Kilkenny have been fined €500,000 and banned from operating within three years.
It is a huge blow to the industry and a blow to people in the paraglan community who rely on it for a steady income.
A court in the city ruled in March that the owners of the Paraglide Ireland Ltd.
should pay €500 per ride, with the remaining €250 paid into a fund for paragling and the rest towards a new park and recreation centre.
The owners had not been prosecuted over the incident and were allowed to operate with helmets on and a warning to customers to stay off the trails.
The judge at the case had ordered that the owner and the directors of the company that owns it be barred from operating for three years from July 1, 2019.
They had appealed to the Court of Appeal.
The court’s ruling came after an inquiry by the Irish Paraglane Association.
Its chairman, Brian Larkin, said it had a long history of safety breaches at the company and said he believed that a further fine was likely.
He said the group had not yet decided whether it would appeal against the decision.
The Paragling Association said the owners would pay back €300,000 in damages to the people who had been hurt.